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Old 04-16-2013, 06:30 AM
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Today the subject of perfection was brought up. The 90-year lady in our class said her Home Ec Teacher taught them this saying, "Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better, best." Have any of you ever heard this? As quilters (or trying to be), I thought this was pretty appropriate. If we are fair, we try and get good, if we are good, we try to get better. Then hopefully, we can be the best that we can be. None of the other ladies in the class had ever heard this either. Thought it was good food for thought.
I suppose you have to be past 70 to have heard it, but my mother quoted it all the time when she wanted me to do a good job of something--no matter what it was. I believe it comes from POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Quilter 65 View Post
Today the subject of perfection was brought up. The 90-year lady in our class said her Home Ec Teacher taught them this saying, "Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better, best." Have any of you ever heard this? As quilters (or trying to be), I thought this was pretty appropriate. If we are fair, we try and get good, if we are good, we try to get better. Then hopefully, we can be the best that we can be. None of the other ladies in the class had ever heard this either. Thought it was good food for thought.
I went online to find the quotation. Maybe I do not know how to search, but a guy named Tim Duncan claims it! He is not as old as I am and I remember that from my early childhood. Why do people plagiarize?

Anyway, here is a really cut little "print it yourself" version of it for your kids and grandchildren's school teachers.

http://www.makoodle.com/good-better-best/
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:08 AM
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Yes...my grandmother used to say that all the time...in later years she started saying "OHIO"...?? Only handle it once. Do it right the first time!! she had great sayings!
I have heard them both many times, And to those sayings my mother-in-law also added "If it is worth doing, It is worth doing right!"
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:22 PM
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Wise teacher.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:37 PM
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At eighty, I am familiar with that saying. Hadn't thought of it in years but. Yes, it was big in my time.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:22 PM
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I've never heard it before but think it is a very good saying.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:12 AM
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My home ec teacher whacked me across my knuckles as I was cutting out a dress because I wasn't cutting on the right side of the line. I was so embarrassed. Eventually, after high school, we became friends and I learned so much from her. She had a disappointing personal life (apparently) and she could control her sewing and man she was good at it. She also helped me get my Elna sewing machine 43 years ago that I continue to use nearly daily. I think of her so often as I work and sew and try for "best". But my best is all I could ever hope to achieve and I am satisfied with that. Thank you all for sharing. Many of these I heard continually when growing up as my mother was a real phrase repeater and she used mainly Proverbs from the Bible.
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